Native America Calling

Weekdays 11:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Hosted by Tara Gatewood

Native America Calling is a live call-in program linking public radio stations, the Internet and listeners together in a thought-provoking national conversation about issues specific to Native communities. Each program engages noted guests and experts with callers throughout the United States and is designed to improve the quality of life for Native Americans. Native America Calling is heard on 52 stations in the United States and in Canada by approximately 500,000 listeners each week. 

Special Needs Youth In Our Native Communities

Mar 23, 2015
Andi Murphy

Tues. 03/24 11a: From interest groups and summer camps to sports and tribal fairs, there are many ways to keep kids busy all year. For young people with disabilities these activities in the community could be stimulating and fun. But what happens if caretakers and parents don’t to take special needs children to the basketball games or other community events? In rural areas and Native communities, are people with disabilities welcome and supported in public spaces?

Racism on Campus

Mar 23, 2015
Li Tsin Soon via Flickr

Mon. 03/23 11a: Earlier this month, a video showing members of a fraternity at University of Oklahoma, singing racist chants surfaced on YouTube. The national chapter of the fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, responded swiftly by closing the OU chapter and developing an initiative to address racism. Two students who led the chant were expelled from OU. While many are applauding the quick action by the university and fraternity, others are wondering if expulsion is the right answer. When racism occurs on campus, can universities help students learn about the harm of racism?

Bureau of Indian Education Changes

Mar 16, 2015
scarletgreen via Flickr

Fri. 03/20 11a: The Bureau of Indian Education is responsible for 183 elementary and secondary schools. In 2013, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, appointed a study group to “diagnose the causes of too common academic failure in BIE-funded schools.” Some BIE schools struggle academically and a recent report from the federal government points out major health and safety concerns due to poor building conditions.  On this episode of Native America Calling, we look at proposed changes that aim to improve BIE schools.

Born From The Stars: Native Astronomy

Mar 16, 2015
Joseph Gruber via Flickr

Thurs. 03/19 11a: There’s a story told by the Skidi Pawnee about Mars and Venus, two bright stars in the sky. Mars, or a male god, travels across the sky to meet with Venus, a female god. Along the way, he has to battle a bear, serpent and a wildcat — among other constellations in the sky. When the gods meet, they create the first human, a girl. Since the beginning of time, Indigenous people all over the world have looked to the stars for the answers to life, religion, culture, origins and the future. What do the stars say to Native Americans?

Cesarean Sections: Good or Bad Trend?

Mar 16, 2015
Jerry Lai via Flickr

Wed. 03/18 11a: Cesarean sections are a major surgery done to deliver a baby through in incision made in the mother’s abdomen. It’s the most common surgery performed in the United States. While one in four births in the U.S. happen this way, Native American women have the lowest rates of cesarean deliveries. Why is that? Is that a good or a bad thing?

Managing Bison Herds

Mar 16, 2015
Dan Dzurisin via Flickr

Tues. 03/17 11a: The bison population in Yellowstone National Park is the oldest in the United States. Bison are unique because of their return from virtual extinction, but tensions rise each year over the management of the bison population in the park. Some groups oppose limiting or slaughtering the population on the Montana side of the park. Other concerns include the spread of brucellosis from bison to cattle. Yellowstone management works with tribes to provide bison for consumption and raising herds. What are the keys to managing bison herds?

The Impact of Indigenous Music

Mar 16, 2015
Indigenous music Sihasin

Mon. 03/16 11a: Indigenous music and musicians have a special place in our tribal societies. These music makers also understand it is important to share their words and sounds beyond tribal borders. This year the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival will bring several Indigenous musicians to its stages. As these musical ambassadors prepare to share their music with a diverse audience, we bring part of this year’s Indigenous lineup to our electronic talking circle. How can sharing Indigenous music in venues across the country help our tribal nations?


Mar 6, 2015
Sean MacEntee via Flickr

Fri. 03/06 11a: It’s that time again to “spring ahead” and set our clocks one hour forward. Do you dread the time change each year? Do you know why we use daylight saving time? Does your tribe follow daylight saving time? Time can mean many things. Are you the kind of person who is always on time? Or do you show up for things when you’re ready? What do your traditional teachings in your tribe tell you about time?

In Moderation

Mar 2, 2015
Tom Magliery via Flickr

Thurs. 03/05 11a: Have you ever gone online to look up something and then realized three hours later that you were still surfing? What about when your plan to eat one cookie turns into half the bag? We all know that some foods, screen time and even alcohol should be consumed in moderation. In fact it seems the mantra of weight loss industry is “do it in moderation.” But what exactly does moderation mean? These days, it’s easy to get too much of just about anything. Do you struggle to balance healthy choices and indulgences?

Native Women And HIV/AIDS

Mar 2, 2015
max_thinks_sees via Flickr

Wed. 03/04 11a: Native American women are victims of sexual assault at higher rates than other women in the country. Does that puts them at risk for being infected with HIV? Today we talk about the current rates of HIV infection among Native women and efforts to prevent future infections. When Native women are dealing with HIV and AIDS, how does that impact our communities?

March Current Events

Mar 2, 2015
Tony Alter via Flickr

Tues. 03/03 11a: The month of March brings a time change, St. Patrick’s Day and the National Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas Nevada. Join us for our monthly current events show where we feature events held in the month of March. Join us as we check in on the 40th Annual Northwest Indian Youth Conference in Fort Hall Idaho. The Aboriginal Music Week in Winnipeg, Canada is scheduled this month and Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs hosts a conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Strong Natives, Strong Muscles

Mar 2, 2015
Andi Murphy via http://nativeamericacalling.com/

Mon. 03/02 11a: There are many ways to be a strong Native American. One is to have muscles that can lift a 200-pound bar bell and hold a plank position for two minutes. Today we talk about muscles and physical strength. We will learn what’s best for our muscles, what foods fuel them and which routines and workouts are best for certain body types.

Are You Afraid to Call the Police?

Feb 27, 2015
via http://nativeamericacalling.com/ / Creative Commons

Fri. 02/27 11a: The relationship between people of color and the police is strained in many communities across the US. Are you afraid to call the police? Do the police in your area handle Native American cases with care and cultural sensitivity? Join our conversation about the current relationship between the police and Native people in your community. Would you like to see an improved relationship between the police and the Native American in your city, town or village?

Native American Art Greats

Feb 23, 2015
F B via Flickr

Thurs. 02/26 11a: Picasso, Monet and Van Gogh are influential in our understanding of art and history. What about Native artists and their mark on the world? Who are the Native American artists that deserve the same type of recognition? Which of our Native forefathers should be known by those who care about art history? Is there a Native artist that you think everyone should study?

Tribal Marijuana Laws

Feb 23, 2015
Spot Us via Flickr

Wed. 02/25 11a: Laws on growing and selling marijuana are up for debate across the country. Washington State and Colorado legalized the recreational sale of the drug in recent years. Voters in Alaska and Oregon also approved similar measures last fall. Tribes across the US are facing new decisions. The US Department of Justice issued a memorandum in December 2014 on how the federal government views potential new tribal laws on marijuana sales, growing or possession.